About The Teacher

Hannah is a passionate certified midwife from Belgium who fell in love with Guatemala. In 2011, she finalised her training by working for several months in the labor and delivery ward in Nyakibale, Uganda. After this intense experience, she worked for several years as the medical director of a Belgian/Guatemalan NGO (Vivir en Amor) located in a remote village in the mountains of Huehuetenango. Here she specialised in attending birth at home and attending obstetrical emergencies in remote and low resource settings. She worked side by side with traditional Guatemalan midwives and developed a deep and unique sense of what it truly means to be a midwife. Hannah was taught by traditional midwives on how to use herbal medicine during and after pregnancy, the use of the temazcal (Mayan sauna), and traditional Maya abdominal massage.

In 2016 she started working in a clinic in Rio Dulce but was called to Lago Atitlan to start attending births at home from the expat community. After attending several home births at the Lake, she became pregnant and delivered her beautiful son at home at the shores of the lake in early 2017.

Hannah is part of the Belgian Board of Directors of Vivir en Amor and is in the process of creating a Guatemalan NGO called K’aslemal (Life) with the traditional midwives of San Marcos La Laguna.

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